Whenever a big time match up is announced we like to look at fights from the past with similar fighters and styles to give us a better foresight on how that match will end up. When Mayweather vs. Canelo was announced two fights immediately popped into our heads, Mayweather vs. Oscar De La Hoya and Pernell Whitaker vs. Oscar De La Hoya. In both instances, it was defense master versus a very offensive/boxing minded fighter and in both instances they were very disputed decisions.
So when we had a chance to speak to Oscar De La Hoya to get his thoughts on the matter, he threw us for a curve ball. The former six time world champion doesn’t see similarities in either of those two matches but from a match up that took place in 1978. The match? “Sugar” Ray Leonard vs. Floyd Mayweather Sr. To some of you it may sound far out there that De La Hoya would compare Leonard to Canelo, and certainly Mayweather Jr. is a more complete fighter than his father was. Yet it is interesting to hear De La Hoya’s reasoning on this, which can be seen below.
Do you guys agree?